As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings.
You have the right to refuse searches: saying no to searches can't be held against you.4.
Don't get tricked: remember, police are allowed to lie to you.5.
What few people understand, but police know all too well, is that your constitutional rights only apply if you understand and assert them. probable cause) police need your permission to search your belongings or enter your home.
The instant you grant them permission to invade your privacy, many of your legal protections go out the window and you're left on the hook for anything illegal the police find, as well as any damage they cause in the process.
Determine if you're free to go: police need evidence to detain you.6.